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I have special feelings for this piece, which also has a special story!
Sometime last year I felt inspired to make a composition around the word Hiya هي, meaning She or Her (because compositions with He are run-of-the-mill). I had a general idea of what it should look like, but found it very difficult to translate on paper, and as I was getting nowhere I left it aside and the motivation passed.
Yesterday, an art gallery contacted me, saying they were having an exhibit on Woman in Art and did I have a painting or photo on that theme to contribute? I said that I had a calligraphic piece in mind, actually, and they were interested. But I had to hand it in framed and all by the end of the week, so I had to create it right now! Which miraculously I did as the design "unblocked" and I spent all afternoon yesterday and all morning today drawing and coloring it.Symbolism in Hiya:
My measurements are never arbitrary on these pieces, because I learned with experience that geometry is just numbers made visible on a flat plane, so it's by using numbers that form harmonious relationships that you end up with a harmonious design. Aside from measurements, the base number I choose (how many times the motif is repeated) is often symbolic. Here 5 was a must as it's the number of the Feminine. Not only is it the base number, and the paper size is 55cm, but the whole composition is built on 3 circles of 40 cm (5x8, the number of completion), 25cm (5x5) and 15cm (5x3, which is also strongly associated with women). Other than circles, which need no comment, shapes used are the vesica piscis and the lunar crescent (though I only noticed that one in retrospect). That the whole thing looks like a flower is no accident either. There's one additional touch I leave you to meditate on